Battambang’s Mighty Girls and a bunch of tough cookies from Pursat booked their places in today’s final as the 2011 National High School Girls Football Championship played out its semifinals in Kampong Thom yesterday.
The Salt Academy products from Battambang were too good for Kampong Chhnang in the first semifinal, with the girls leaving nothing to chance. Relentless pressure on the rival’s area netted them four quick goals, affording the coach a chance to rest all the key players in a goalless second half.
In sharp contrast, the girls from Pursat had their work cut out against Banteay Meanche,y who managed to steer the contest to penalties after forcing a 0-0 stalemate in regulation time. However Banteay Meanchey’s luck ran out in the shootout as some star players lost their nerve and missed the target allowing Pursat to scramble home 3-2.
Earlier in Monday’s quarterfinals, Battambang got past Stung Treng 3-0 and Pursat defeated Prey Veng by the same margin. Kampong Chhnang were too good for Pailin, winning 3-0, while Bantey Meanchey got the measure of Siem Reap via penalties after the sides failed the find the net during normal time.